Junyan Chen
Supported by Club 32 donor Jennifer Harris


9 August 2000

I believe that we all have unique voices and perspectives and I am very excited to witness the diversity of music interpretations and artistry that will be showcased.


Silver Medal, People’s Choice Award, Prize for Best Spanish Composition and City Award: International Piano Competition “Cidade de Vigo” (Vigo, Spain)

Junyan Chen graduated with an ABRSM full scholarship, First-Class Honours and the Principle’s Award at the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Professor Joanna MacGregor. Now a Bicentenary scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, she is working towards her Master’s degree. Earlier studies were completed in the Middle School of Shanghai Conservatory under Professor Weiling Chen.

Junyan has played in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, KKL Lucerne, Brighton Dome, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall and Takatsuki Gendai Gekjio. She has played with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Xin Zhu Symphony Orchestra and others, and has worked with conductors Edward Gardner and Zhang Liang and composers Eleanor Alberga and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

She has participated in masterclasses with musicians including Pascal Rogé, Thomas Kreuzberger, Paul Badura-Skoda, Christopher Elton, Tomas Vasary, Yevgeny Sudbin and Tamara Stefanovich. An enthusiast of contemporary music, Junyan worked with Hans Abrahamsen on his piano concerto with conductor Franck Ollu and the Manson Ensemble. She was also invited to take part in Eleanor Alberga’s festival ‘Arcadia’.

Her solo album, It’s Time, was released by Linn records in December 2022.


2023 Competition Performances

Preliminary Round Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Friday 7 July 2023, 2.30pm
Preliminary Round Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Sunday 9 July 2023, 7.30pm
Semi Final Round Semi Finals Round 1: 70-Minute Recital
Verbrugghen Hall
Thursday 13 July 2023, 3.00pm
Semi Final Round Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music
Verbrugghen Hall
Saturday 15 July 2023, 2.00pm

2023 Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital

I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
lV. Anglaise
V. Menuet – Trio
VI. Gigue

III. Choral et variations

Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

I. Aphorisms
II. Reflection
III. Fury

No.7 Funérailles

Semi Finals Round 1: 70-Minute Recital

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto

I. Allegro molto
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Rubato – Molto sostenuto

Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor S.178

Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music

I. Allegretto
II. Blues. Moderato
III. Perpetuum mobile. Allegro

George Gershwin/Jascha Heifetz: ‘It ain’t necessarily so’ from Porgy and Bess.

Final Round 1: Concerto 1800 and Earlier

I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo. Allegro

Final Round 2: Post 1800 Concerto

I. Allegro
II. Adagio – Presto – Più adagio
III. Allegro molto